What is coolant? Coolant is a mixture of antifreeze and water that regulates your engine’s temperature. Typically in a ratio of 50:50, coolant transfers heat from the engine block and parts to prevent overheating. Whether you have a new Honda or a used Honda, engine coolant is crucial to your car’s health. Learn how to check engine coolant levels with the service team at Dover Honda and to see if you need to schedule service for a coolant change.
Learning how to check your coolant level is easy! You don’t even need to open the radiator cap. Simply check the markings on the side of your coolant reservoir to see if the liquid reaches the “full” marking line. If it doesn’t, remove the radiator cap and add more coolant. You can check your vehicle’s owner’s manual to see what kind of coolant you need and if it needs to be mixed with water or if you need to buy a premixed solution. You can find coolant for your vehicle at your Dover Honda service center or a Stratham auto store.
DIY TIP: If you need to add more coolant to your engine, make sure the engine has cooled before adding it. Also, do not attempt to open the radiator cap while the engine is hot. Your radiator is a pressurized system, and opening it while it’s still hot can result in hot water/coolant boiling over and potentially harming you.
While you’re checking your coolant levels, it’s a good idea to check your radiator connections and hoses for leaks or damages and also check the condition of your coolant. Coolant is thinner than oil but thicker than water. If you notice the liquid has a sludgy appearance, it’s time to schedule a service appointment at your local Saco-area Honda dealership. Your car could have an internal gasket leak, and your coolant will quickly drain as you drive. Low coolant levels put the engine at risk of overheating and being severely damaged.
Usually, your coolant is blue, green, yellow, or red. If it’s brownish or colorless, you will need to have the system flushed and the fluid replaced.
Your vehicle’s coolant levels will deplete over time, so we recommend you check your coolant level every three to six months to ensure that everything looks right and your Honda continues to run at its best. Of course, if you notice your car running hotter than normal before then, contact our team to have it inspected.
You can have the service technicians at Dover Honda check your coolant levels and radiator when you come in for your regularly scheduled maintenance! Schedule a service appointment with us today, then browse our service specials to save on your next oil change or tire rotation! We look forward to helping you keep your Honda running smoothly on Salem roads!
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